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Catherine Wreford: The dancer with an ‘invisible disease’

Image caption Catherine Wreford and Craig Ramsay will play Lady and Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet You could easily go and see Catherine Wreford perform in a show and not know anything was wrong. A professional dancer with a huge number of stage credits to her name, it’s perhaps only when you look at the show programme that you’d find out she has brain cancer. “I always put it in my bio because I want people to know I’m on stage and still performing, but I have an invisible…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v The Greatest Dancer captain Oti Mabuse

Sunday sees the first big test for Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when his in-form team take on Tottenham. So far, Solskjaer has won all five of his games in charge in the Premier League and FA Cup – but how will he fare at Wembley? BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson says: “Spurs have beaten United at home in each of the past three seasons, with most of their current team involved in those games. “It just feels like Tottenham know they can turn United over. They…

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The Greatest Dancer: Is there room for another dance show on TV?

Image caption Cheryl serves as a dance captain on the new BBC One show The British public seem to love dancing. Or, at least, watching other people dance. Whether it’s BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing or ITV’s Dancing On Ice, there’s been no shortage of TV dance competitions in recent years. So how does The Greatest Dancer – which is co-produced by Simon Cowell’s company Syco Entertainment – differ from the existing ones? “It’s about people, it’s not about celebrity,” says Cheryl, the pop star who serves as one of…

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Male ballet dancer hopes to break stereotypes in Jordan

AMMAN (Reuters) – When Rabee Shrouf put on his first pair of ballet shoes two years ago, he knew he had found his calling. The Jordanian’s lifelong dream was to be on stage and as a ballet dancer in Amman, he wanted to shatter stereotypes along the way.  “When you are immersed in the world you love, everything around you disappears,” the 22-year-old said. “This is what it feels like when I’m on stage.” Shrouf, who dances in his spare time while studying languages and translation at university, is one of…

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Strictly kiss: Professional dancer Katya ‘in the wrong’

Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones was “in the wrong” over her kiss with celebrity partner Seann Walsh. That’s according to the show’s judge Craig Revel Horwood. “It’s her job not only to protect her own relationship, but to protect the celebrity’s and be the mentor,” he told the Daily Mail. The pair apologised after being caught kissing in public – comedian Seann had a girlfriend and Katya is married to another dancer on the show. Craig says Katya should’ve “put a stop to it” because she is the professional…

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Pioneering US ballet dancer Arthur Mitchell dies at 84

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mitchell was the first black ballet dancer to achieve international stardom Arthur Mitchell, one of the first black ballet dancers, has died in New York City at the age of 84. The pioneering African-American dancer rose from a childhood in Harlem to perform leading roles under renowned choreographer George Balanchine. He was one of the most popular dancers with the New York City ballet in the 50s and 60s and was the first black dancer to gain international stardom. Mitchell said his greatest achievement…

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The dancer bringing rent parties from 1920s Harlem to the UK

Rent parties were held in 1920s New York when African Americans faced disproportionately high rents. They threw wild jazz parties for paying guests to make up the money before the rent collector came round. British choreographer Darren Pritchard is putting on performances inspired by these rent parties, to highlight housing inequalities in the UK today. Filmed and edited by Ruth Evans Source link

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‘My parents beat me to stop me becoming a belly dancer’

As a male belly dancer, Eshan Hilal is a rarity – and in India it takes courage to choose this path. His parents beat him to make him stop dancing as a child, but they failed. At home, there are still deep tensions even as his career goes from strength to strength. “For me, worshipping is my dance. I feel connected to God. My blood cells dance with me. When I dance I feel my existence on this planet. I feel like this is the purpose I’m here for.” At…

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The 11-year-old ballroom dancer winning without a partner

An 11-year-old girl world champion ballroom dancer has gone solo, due to a lack of young male dance partners. Bridget Tilley, from Hedge End in Hampshire, has won titles across the world, including an international championship in Paris. She trains up to five times a week and is now working towards the UK’s Stars of the Future Under 12 Solo. Video Journalist: Samantha Everett Source link

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